SFI Herbal Cutting/Silage Ley
An increasing amount of arable farmers require a Herbal Ley option to produce high quality silage or AD feedstock where livestock grazing is not an option. br>This mix includes highly palatable, protein rich legumes, as well as nutritious grasses and herbs which suit a cutting regime. br>Due to a higher proportion of broadleaf species in the mix, allow to wilt for an extra 6-12 hours if making silage.
|Contents per Acre||%||kg|
|certified Diwan tet. perennial ryegrass||22.0||2.200|
|certified ABERWOLF perennial ryegrass||20.0||2.000|
|certified PERSEUS festulolium||14.5||1.450|
|certified Pizza cocksfoot||10.0||1.000|
|certified COMER timothy||5.0||0.500|
|certified SENU meadow fescue||5.0||0.500|
|certified GLOBAL red clover||10.0||1.000|
|certified DUBLIN white clover||3.0||0.300|
|certified AURORA alsike clover||2.5||0.250|
|certified LEO birdsfoot trefoil||1.5||0.150|
|Burnet forage herb||5.0||0.500|
|Ribgrass forage herb||1.5||0.150|
Festulolium is a natural hybridisation of ryegrass and fescue species, combining the stress resistant genes of fescue with the bulky yield of ryegrass. To provide a more resilient species, with a better tolerance of drought or water logged soils, while still providing high yielding, very palatable forage.
Large Leaved White Clover
Clover is one of the most popular legumes in the UK, this species can be recognised by its creeping growth habit. Its creeping stolons help to fill in gaps in the sward, putting down roots at each node. White clover varieties can be categorised into small, medium and large leaf sizes. Generally the smaller the leaf size, the more persistent and prostrate the plant will be, the small leaf type will tolerate closer grazing from sheep and tends to sit lower at the base of the sward, the small and medium leaf varieties are used for grazing mixtures. Using mixtures of white clover varieties helps to ensure that at least one can tolerate and contribute to what ever management regime is being imposed at a given time. The larger leaf varieties are more upright and contribute to yield in cutting swards, but they are less persistent. Common large leaf varieties are Alice & Barblanca.
One of the larger fescues this is a valuable grazing grass which can also be made into hay. Recent thinking has altered the Latin so that the flat leaved fescues (meadow fescue and tall fescue) have been given their own genus, separate from the finer leaved fescues.
Perennial ryegrass is the most commonly grown productive grass in the UK, used particularly for livestock grazing and forage. It has been the subject of plant breeding for over 60 years, ensuring there are a wide range of perennial ryegrass varieties available commercially.
Red clover is one of the most popularly used true clovers in the UK. Once established itís capable of rapid growth and shows reasonably good persistence up to three years, although ongoing breeding work is being carried out to increase plant persistence. The highest yielding strains of red clover are called 'double cut' varieties, normally providing quick regrowth after cutting and several flushes or cuts per season. The 'single cut' strains of red clover, notably the variety altaswede provide one large cut per season, flowering approximately 10 days later than the 'double cut' strains.
Ribgrass is a very popular perennial forage herb which is commonly mixed with sheep's parsley, yarrow and burnet to increase diversity and lift trace elements from deep within the soil profile. It can be mixed with regular grassland species to increase grazing quality, and with deep roots it is also popular in mixtures for lighter land. It is also known as Plantain or narrow leaf plantain.
Possibly the most important and flexible grass species which is used both environmentally and agriculturally. It is a very common species found in pasture throughout the UK. It retains its verdure longer than most grasses and although similar to smaller cats tail, it is larger in size with wider leaves and a longer spike like panicle.